FEBRUARY half-term at Corfe Castle and Studland Bay include a chance to plant a tree and explore history and the natural world.

The National Trust is giving away thousands of tiny trees to take home and plant wherever you choose.

The trees are all native British species such as hawthorns and field maples and come with instructions for planting and looking after them, along with other ideas for action on the environment.

National Trust engagement officer Tom Clarke said: “Come along and take away a tree to plant in your garden, on your balcony or in your communal grounds.

“It is just one example of the sort of practical step we can all take, and if you can donate a small amount as well we can look at continuing this scheme in the future.”

Nationally, the trust has committed to planting 20 million trees by 2030, creating 18,000 hectares of new woodland.

Meanwhile, youngsters can bring their teddy bears to Corfe Castle to "escape the wrath of wicked King John along our death defying zip wire while our replica medieval siege engine flings footballs high overhead," said a National Trust spokesman.

The spokesman added: "You can discover more stories from history on a family-friendly Corfe Castle quest, have fun like your ancestors did with historic games, try your hand at crafts in the outer bailey and dress up as a knight or medieval maiden."

Half-term events at Corfe Castle are free but normal admission charges apply.

Sunset family evenings take place at Studland Bay at 4pm and include beach games and a walk through the dunes.

Every day throughout half-term a free family friendly trail taking in some of the nature highlights of Studland’s dune landscape.

There will also be free indoor activities in the Discovery Centre at Knoll Beach.

Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/studland-bay or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle for details.